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Exim retry times after being greylisted

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussion' started by sneader, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. sneader

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    I sent an email via one of our cPanel servers, to a friend of mine using another provider. That provider deferred my email (450 error) due to "greylisting" which is fine. The problem I'm trying to sort out is why our cPanel server waited over 8 hours to try to deliver the message again (and it was immediately accepted, when it did)

    On our cPanel server, the RETRYBLOCK is using defaults:

    * * F,2h,15m; G,16h,1h,1.5; F,4d,8h

    The only thing I could think of that would prevent another retry is the "deliver_queue_load_max" setting, but that is at 8, and MRTG graphs show that load never went above 4 during this time period.

    Any other ideas on things to check?

    - Scott
     
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    Hello,

    Can you let us know the output from /var/log/exim_mainlog for that specific message? EX:

    Code:
    exigrep MSGID /var/log/exim_mainlog
    Replace MSGID with the message ID, as found in the header of the email.

    Thank you.
     
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    Thanks for the assist! Delivery of this email is spread out over two logs, but I've included them both, below. I've redacted the following:

    My email address / email account = myname@mydomain.com
    Recipient (that is greylisting me) = someone@example.com

    Confusing things a little, this message was sent using GMail, but using a cPanel-based email account for SMTP, so that is why you see the email come in from mail-it0-f48.google.com.

    Code:
    # exigrep 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 /var/log/exim_mainlog.1.gz
    2018-04-07 23:17:48 cwd=/var/spool/exim 3 args: /usr/sbin/exim -Mc 1f51m0-002ALY-O4
    
    +++ 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 has not completed +++
    2018-04-07 23:17:48 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 <= myname@mydomain.com H=mail-it0-f48.google.com [209.85.214.48]:35427 P=esmtpsa X=TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:128 CV=no A=dovecot_plain:myname@mydomain.com S=4590 id=CAPLm_7Bhvv6s4jOYiR6m_qY=rL+y2CN2WzBKZ0wqf=cTv2O3GA@mail.gmail.com T="Re: Some Subject" for someone@example.com
    2018-04-07 23:17:48 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 Sender identification U=myuser D=mydomain.com S=myname@mydomain.com
    2018-04-07 23:17:48 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 SMTP connection outbound 1523161068 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 mydomain.com someone@example.com
    2018-04-07 23:17:49 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 H=mx1.zmailcloud.com [34.192.224.172]: SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<someone@example.com>: 450 4.2.0 <someone@example.com>: Recipient address rejected: Greylisted, see http://postgrey.schweikert.ch/help/example.com.html
    2018-04-07 23:17:50 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 H=mx2.zmailcloud.com [35.168.78.194]: SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<someone@example.com>: 450 4.2.0 <someone@example.com>: Recipient address rejected: Greylisted, see http://postgrey.schweikert.ch/help/example.com.html
    2018-04-07 23:17:50 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 == someone@example.com R=dkim_lookuphost T=dkim_remote_smtp defer (-44) H=mx3.zmailcloud.com [52.206.190.81]: SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<someone@example.com>: 450 4.2.0 <someone@example.com>: Recipient address rejected: Greylisted, see http://postgrey.schweikert.ch/help/example.com.html
    Code:
    # exigrep 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 /var/log/exim_mainlog
    2018-04-08 07:32:02 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 Sender identification U=myuser D=mydomain.com S=myname@mydomain.com
    2018-04-08 07:32:02 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 => someone@example.com R=dkim_lookuphost T=dkim_remote_smtp H=mx1.zmailcloud.com [34.192.224.172] X=TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:256 CV=yes C="250 2.0.0 Ok: queued as E0D4760487"
    2018-04-08 07:32:02 1f51m0-002ALY-O4 Completed
     
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  4. cPanelMichael

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    Can you browse to the "Mail" tab in "WHM >> Tweak Settings" and let us know what's configured for the "Email delivery retry time" option? The default is 15 minutes.

    Thank you.
     
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    Email delivery retry time is set to "15m"
     
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    cPanelMichael Technical Support Community Manager
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    Could you open a support ticket so we can take a closer look at the affected system?

    Thank you.
     
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